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Sandusky Appeals to State Supreme Court in Another Attempt to Delay Start of Trial Tuesday

by and on May 31, 2012 8:43 PM

Updated at 8:47 p.m.

In an absolute last-ditch attempt to delay the start of Jerry Sandusky's trial Tuesday, the defense filed a petition late Friday afternoon with the Pennnsylvania Supreme Court for "extraordinary relief" in the case, the Harrisburg Patriot-News reported. 

The file is under seal, so details of the filing are unknown.

Updated at 1:22 p.m.

The Superior Court of Pennsylvania denied Jerry Sandusky's request to delay his trial Friday morning. 

In a one-page document, the court denied the emergency petition for review, which Karl Rominger filed Thursday. The Superior Court granted the seal of the petition, so details of what Sandusky and his counsel were asking for are limited. 

Trial is set to start 8:30 a.m. June 5. Jury selection is expected at least two weeks and the earliest arguments can start is 9 a.m. June 11.

May 31 at 10:43 p.m.

Five days before Jerry Sandusky's trial is to begin with jury selection, the retired Penn State assistant football coach is asking the state's Superior Court  to delay judicial proceedings.

Sandusky's co-counsel, Karl Rominger, filed a petition for review, an application for stay and an application to seal on Thursday night, according to a court docket sheet, which does not specify why the petitions were filed.

A stay is a court order halting a judicial procedure. Sandusky's trial is scheduled to start at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday with jury selection. The trial won't start before June 11, said Judge John Cleland, who is presiding over the case and recently denied Sandusky's request for a delayed start.

Sandusky, 68, faces 52 counts in a child sexual abuse case. He has maintained his innocence.

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